Monday, March 06, 2006

Deleuze/Guattari on music and arts

From A Thousand Plateaus/1730: Becoming-intense, becoming-animal

"Music is a creative, active operation that consists in deterritorializing the refrain. Whereas the refrain is essentialy territorial, territorializing, or reterritorializing, music makes a deterritorialized content for a deterritorializing form of expression. (...)
Is the situation similar for painting, and if so, how? In no way do we believe in a fine-arts system; we believe in very diverse problems whose solutions are found in heterogenous arts. To us, Art is a false concept, a solely nominal concept; this does not, however, preclude the possibility of a simultaneous usage of the various arts within a determinable multiplicity. The 'problem' within which painting is inscribed is that of the face-landscape. That of music is entirely different: it is the problem of the refrain"


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